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Non-profit reaches out to community for help

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

An organization that helps families in need is now seeking help from the community.

The non-profit organization Do-All is looking at thousands of dollars of damage after their building was flooded.

"We came in and water was just streaming out of the front of the building," said Chris Girard, with Do-All, who went on to say that workers found even more water inside in the former Hampton Theatre building. A place used for storage.

"Unfortunately we had a water main break and due to some miscommunication they only removed the meter and didn't turn off the water," said Girard.

 

That miscommunication created one big mess in the theatre, and destroying many of the items being stored there. "Things that are good, we'll salvage and unfortunately, things that are no longer good, we'll have to dumpster," said Girard.

"We have families that are depending on us," said Kristal Corrion, who is with the Do Care program. That group distributes the items that are held at the theatre. She says now they have to figure out how to still get those items to needy families.

"First and foremost, I'm a mom and so I look at beds that are no longer going to be able to go to needy families, and it just breaks my heart and now I'm thinking of kids who are going to be still sleeping on the floor because they don't have a bed," said Corrion.

Officials said many of the items held at the theater are believed to be ruined beyond salvage, but they say with the help of the community, they will be able to bounce back.

"If you can't look on the positive side of things, that's what we do with our programs, there are troubled times but we come together and we support each other in those troubled times" said Corrion. "So we believe the same thing will happen here."

Fortunately jackets that are part of the Do-All's "Coats for Kids" program are still intact, but they are in desperate need of beds, kids clothing and diapers.

If you would like to help, take donations to the Do-All's Essexville location on West Center Road or call 989-894-0712.

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